Computers are great for dishing up information in a straightforward and easy-to-digest manner. The problem is that they can just as easily serve up information to individuals who are not authorized to see the information. A privacy filter can eliminate that risk.
For most people at work, it doesn’t matter if someone else sees what’s on their computer screen… except perhaps if the boss sees them doing something they shouldn’t be. But for those individuals who work with confidential information such as trade or marketing secrets, or even payroll information, it’s usually not a good idea for the wrong eyes to sweep your screen.
People on planes and trains often work with information that shouldn’t be seen by adjacent strangers. And, really, who hasn’t tried to sneak a curious peek at the screen of the person sitting next to them? It’s human nature.
One way to prevent wandering eyes from absorbing confidential information is to attach a privacy filter to your computer screen. Privacy filters are polarized sheets of plastic that are placed over a computer screen to prevent screen visibility from any angle other than straight on.
B&H carries privacy filters in all shapes and sizes to fit any screen, whether it’s an LCD or CRT monitor or a notebook computer. All you have to do is buy the right size for your display and mount it using clear adhesive-backed tabs that stick to the display bezel and hold the filter in place. Not only do privacy filters keep your data confident, they also reduce glare and protect delicate LCD screens from getting scratched.
Before ordering a privacy filter you should consult your documentation to determine the exact size and aspect ratio of your display. You can also just measure the display diagonally. But be very careful when measuring a flat-panel display, especially if you’re using a steel ruler, as they can scratch the delicate surface.
B&H even carries iPad privacy filters. The only hitch is that because iPads can switch between portrait and landscape display modes, and because privacy filters work only in one orientation, you have to choose a filter in either a portrait or landscape format. You’ll still be able to view your iPad screen in either orientation, but people to the left and right of you will not. You’ll have to change the orientation of your iPad to share content with others. Conversely, you’ll have to keep your iPad in the same orientation if you want to prevent others from looking in on your activity.